If you are looking to purchase
a yacht coming out of charter
, AVOID Moorings/Sunsail...anything owned by TUI. Recent experience...my client arranged to purchase
a large catamaran
in the middle of 2015 (and me to assist returning to US and with acceptance checks). After survey
there were a number of issues that the Moorings was to have addressed. In October they assured my client that they couldn't get the work
done in a timely manner in St. Martin, so they were moving the vessel to Tortola to get work
done. In December they assured my client that all work was done and he could come down and close the purchase (this on a Friday phone
call). When we arrived Sunday afternoon NOT ONE OF THE ITEMS HAD BEEN ADDRESSED!!! After another week of excuses from the Moorings we flew back to the US. Six weeks later we flew back, having been assured by the Moorings that all work had been completed. Same horrible experience...very little had been done and the quality of work that had been done was pathetic (e.g. rewiring of some components...we opened access panels
and found wires wrapped together...no butt connectors, no electrical
tape...just raw wires wrapped together!!!!). They said they would clean the boat before we got there...they did; used a (high) pressure washer...you can imagine what that did to the seals
on windows and ports
. Did they offer to address these issues - no.
I have NEVER seen a corporation take such a callous attitude towards a customer. After he finally took delivery
of the vessel (still with additional promises to complete work) it was moved over to another marina there in Tortola. No surprise when we met two other couples who had recently purchased vessels from the Moorings/Sunsail - they had the same pitiful experience. This is not a one-time experience.
So, if you are planning to purchase from a TUI owned organization:
1) Have a through survey
2) Do not close on the purchase until all work has been accomplished and inspected
3) Plan on holding back at least 20% of purchase price
until all work has been completed to your satisfaction. Consider asking for a project
plan for work to be done and adding a penalty clause associated with work being completed on time and meeting a quality standard.
Better yet...buy from someone else.